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The tragedy of George Floyd's death at the hands of a white police officer has spurred a renewed conversation about who we are as a country. In the legal sphere, we are seeing members of the community come together and look inward, asking what they can do to better confront racism and inequality. At ALM, our reporters and editors have interviewed diverse law firm leaders, general counsel and law deans, as well as allies, about where the blindspots are and where we go from here. A collection of some of that coverage, along with photography from the protests and spot news, is below.

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Protestors march from Foley Square over the Brooklyn bridge to rally over the death of George Floyd Photo: Ryland West/ ALM Protesters march from Foley Square over the Brooklyn Bridge to rally over the death of George Floyd/Photo: Ryland West/ ALM

In the days following George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minnesota police, law firms have issued firmwide statements expressing sorrow and calling out for racial justice. Some firms have also pledged donations to legal service groups or have committed to take up other actions. We’ve compiled excerpts of statements here, focusing on the firm’s response or its anticipated actions.

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